The long awaited Nikon D200 version 2.0 firmware upgrade is now here. Strangely enough, it really doesn’t add any interesting functionality to the camera with the exception of support of a costly wireless transmitter. It also adds image authentication, although that’s more for legal purposes.
The firmware upgrade was surprisingly not as short as I had hoped it would be. I know that upgrading the D70 was a breeze; the camera was upgraded within a minute. On the other hand, the firmware upgrade took a good 5 minutes (at least) for the D200.
I’m kind of disappointed that this firmware upgrade didn’t come with more interesting features, but it’s better than nothing. I won’t be utilizing these new features though.
Oh, and just in case someone wanted to know how to upgrade the firmware. Here’s an easy way to do it:
- Extract the compressed file and copy version A to the root directory of your CF card (not in the DCIM folder if it exists).
- Go to the Set Up Menu on your D200.
- Choose Firmware
- If the camera finds the firmware, you’ll see an Update option.
- Press the Enter button and wait while the firmware installs.
- Repeat for the B version of the firmware.
Note: The camera cannot recognize both versions A and B of the firmware while they are both on the card. Therefore, you will have to copy the 2.0A revision to the card first, and then, after you have updated the firmware, copy the B.0A revision to the card and repeat.